WILLIAMSVILLE — There are times that Maroa-Forsyth's Bryson Boes feels unstoppable.
The 5-10, 230-pound running back takes the ball, lowers his head and opposing defenders bounce off as Boes rumbles forward.
Boes had two of those bulldozer runs Friday, resulting in two touchdowns for the Trojans as they battled Class 3A's No. 1 team Williamsville to a last second 43-41 loss.
"I'm a pretty big individual and I feel like every kid sort of bounces off me when they hit me. When I lower my shoulder, there is no way they are going to hit me and stop me unless they hit my toes," Boes said.
Boes is running with confidence this season following a 482 yard and three touchdown season in 2018 that had him sitting third in the run game behind Gavin Clifton and Ian Benner.
Benner and Clifton are no longer with the team and Boes has taken center stage in the Trojans' running game with 362 yards and five touchdowns.
He isn't going to break many long runs (his longest run has been 20 yards this season) but each of his 51 carries have averaged seven yard a run which can wear down teams and eat up the clock.
"I feel way, way stronger than last year and I'm way faster than I was last year. I'm also weigh more than I was last year," Boes said. "I weighed 210 last year and I'm 230 now and I'm way stronger. I was working out all summer and I was bonding with my team and I've taken it from there this season."
Boes, a junior, finished with 122 yards against the Bullets and his final touchdown with 1:55 left in the game from 20 yards out showed his power.
"Coach said he was going to give me a trap (when the running back runs straight up the middle and the offensive line traps the defense into reacting the wrong way to the play) and he said 'you had better score' and I did my magic," Boes said.
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It is not that Maroa coach Josh Jostes would ever want a score taken off of the board but he would not have minded if Boes had been a little less successful in his run and taken a little more time off the clock and made it more difficult for Williamsville to have a successful final drive.
"I felt whoever had the ball last was going to win it. Bryson carried half of their team into the end zone and so they had three timeouts and 1:55 and then had a good kickoff return," he said. "But that's what we expect from the big fella and that's what we have said all along. (Bryson) has had some pretty good games to get started and today he showed the kid that is going to be a problem for everybody else in our conference."
The Bullets jumped out quickly, scoring on their first offensive play and taking a 10-0 lead inside the first five minutes of the game. Still, the Trojans battled back and took the lead before halftime 20-16 and two more times in the second half.
"We spotted them 10 points right out of the get-go which was terrible by us and ultimately it bit us a little bit," Jostes said. "I'm proud of our kids effort but I felt like we wore down a little bit at the end. I don't want to make excuses but I felt like we were worn out."
Williamsville was the last team to defeat Maroa during the regular season back in Week 3 of the 2017 season and, overall, the Bullets are 3-1 against the Trojans since Maroa-Forsyth joined the Sangamo Conference in 2016.
"Personally, I feel like our team played really well, no doubt about it. Williamsville is a great, great team," Boes said. "There's no doubt that they are the No. 1 team in 3A. It tells us we have to get in shape."
For Jostes, the loss is a turning point for his team. Where will they go from here — improve to 8-1 or headed for more losses?
"Is it going to propel you to a great season or it could go to the other way too. You could start fighting and you don't love your teammates anymore. We will see what we are made of," Jostes said.
There's only one direction for Boes — forward.
"We aren't going to go backwards and Williamsville showed us where we really are in the season and we are going to go from there," he said. "We had some little errors on defense and overall our offense felt pretty sharp. We aren't going to hang our heads and we are going to be prepared to come out and go 8-1."